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Apple Fined $5.6M After Dutch Dating App Antitrust Order

Monday January 24, 2022. 05:48 PM , from Slashdot
The Netherlands' competition authority has fined Apple $5.6 million for failing to comply with conditions in an order requiring it to allow local dating apps to make user of third party payment technology in their apps. From a report: The tech giant could be on the hook for another $5.6 million fine next week if it doesn't meet the regulatory requirement by then, and each week thereafter for a couple more months -- up to a maximum of $56 million in relation to this particular order. The fine relates to an order made by Dutch watchdog, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), last year -- which found Apple in breach of antitrust rules and ordered it to adjust the conditions it imposes on dating app providers. At specific antitrust issue are App Store terms mandating the use of Apple's own in-app payment infrastructure (aka the IAP API) for any sales of digital content, via which the tech giant extracts a commission. Apple's terms also ban the use of alternative payment systems by dating apps. The regulator also took issue with Apple banning dating apps from referring to other payment methods in their apps. The ACM said today that Apple has failed to satisfy its conditions and must make amendments to bring the rules for dating apps in line with its order.

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